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6 spa breaks to soothe mind, body and soul

It’s very easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of work, socialising and school commitments. If you feel like you need a break to rest and recharge, don’t worry. There’s nothing that a wellness escape can’t fix. Book in and zone out in these luxury hotels for spa breaks, as suggested by Lightfoot Travel.

Kamalaya, THAILAND

This one-stop destination spa on Koh Samui comes with a heavy spiritual slant, as it tailors specific programmes for those wanting to relax, recover from illness, decrease stress or just clear their minds. Built on the site of a Buddhist monk’s cave, the vibe is serene and the hillside setting immediately reconnects you with nature. Rooms are airy and rustic with big outdoor bathtubs and amazing beds. Two restaurants serve healthy food, and there are swimming pools, plunge pools, an infrared sauna and a fitness centre.

image of spa breaks at Kamalaya, Thailand


For a stay that soothes your mind, body and soul, COMO Uma Paro is hard to beat. Here, you’ll find various packages that allow you to experience Bhutan while boosting your wellbeing through the power of yogic asana, pranayama and silent meditation. A typical day might include a morning and afternoon yoga session alongside guided walks through the Paro Valley, including a pilgrimage to the national landmark known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. End your day with a signature massage at the spa.

image of spa breaks at COMO Uma Paro, Bhutan

Ananda Spa Himalayas, INDIA

Ananda translates as “bliss” in Sanskrit, which seems perfectly fitting from the moment you step (bare) foot into this blissful sanctuary. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, and overlooking the Ganges River, there’s no better place to recharge your batteries. Here, guests take on time-honoured Indian wellness regimes including ayurveda, yoga and vedanta, alongside a regular schedule of lectures, classes and activities such as rafting, golf, cookery, meditation and mountain hikes. After a busy day, cosy up in your zen-like room in total tranquility.

Spa breaks image at Ananda Spa Himalayas, India

Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, GERMANY

Immerse yourself in luxury and nature at this spa that offers seven-day detox spa breaks to get you back on track. Your journey starts with a medical examination, which then determines your coaching and personal training programme. A comprehensive meal plan is also tailored entirely to your dietary requirements, and soothing treatments such as lymphatic drainage and reflexology provide a body-boost. Your schedule allows time for you to make the most of the elegant rooms and beautiful lush parkland surroundings of Baden-Baden. Pssst! The hotel also boasts a romantic feel so it’s ideal for couples who want to realign together.

image of spa breaks at Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa, Germany

COMO Shambhala Estate, INDONESIA

Tired bodies and exhausted minds are whipped into shape on the personalised wellness programmes at Bali’s COMO Shambhala that deal with detoxing, life changes and general rejuvenation. Totally tailored to your needs, activities combine the likes of dance, hydrotherapy and jungle hikes with more ancient healing therapies such as reflexology, ayurvedic massage and iridology. Eradicate any stress left by opting to stay in a Retreat Villa, which features a private swimming pool and alfresco showers on the decking.

image of spa breaks at COMO Shambhala Estate, Indonesia

Split Apple Retreat, NEW ZEALAND

At Split Apple Retreat, guests are provided with personal itineraries that revolve around relaxation and stimulating your senses. You can go bushwalking, horse riding or fishing, discover secluded beaches or swim with seals. On site there’s a saltwater swimming pool, a spa, a sauna, a steam room and a gym. Gourmet healthy meals help to lift you up; a screening room offering high-tech meditation helps to wind you down; and the luxurious suites provide a restorative and blissful night’s sleep.

image of spa breaks at Split Apple Retreat, New Zealand

Lightfoot Travel is a luxury tour operator with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai, specialising in designer holidays around the world. For itinerary ideas and bookings, call 2815 0068, email or visit

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This article first appeared in the April/May 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.